Suns Win Series Opener With Lookouts 6-4

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-10) used a two-run eighth to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-11) 6-4 Thursday night from AT&T field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Brian Ellington (W, 2-1) would earn the victory throwing a scoreless 1 and 1/3 innings in relief while not allowing a hit or a walk and striking out three. Nick Burdi (L, 1-3) took the loss after allowing two earned runs on three hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter. Sean Donatello (S, 6) nailed down his sixth save in six tries after hurling a perfect ninth inning accompanied with a strikeout.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second after the Suns hit back-to-back doubles, first by Zack Cox to lead off the inning, then by next batter Austin Nola who laced the run producing two-bagger, to leap Jacksonville in front 1-0 through two innings.

The Lookouts would tie the score in the last of the third courtesy of Jorge Polanco’s RBI single to center that sent home Byron Buxton who lead off the frame with a walk, and entered into scoring position after stealing his seventh base of the year.

Jacksonville put up a three-spot in the top of the sixth. Matt Juengel’s run-scoring single brought home Kenny Wilson, who lead of the frame with a double to set the score at 2-1. A Cox RBI single followed by Nola’s sac fly added a pair to the Suns advantage, now possessing a 4-1 lead.

Chattanooga manufactured a two-out rally in the bottom half of the sixth against Suns reliever Matt Tomshaw. First Miguel Sano (HR, 4) would blast his fourth home run of the year to bring the tally to 4-2. A Stuart Turner run-scoring single, and Levi Michael’s RBI double tied the score at four apiece through six frames at AT&T field.

Moving to the top of the eighth, the Suns would plate a pair against Lookouts reliever Nick Burdi. Back-to-back RBI singles from Ryan Rieger and Sharif Othman broke the tie and hopped the Suns to a 6-4 advantage.

Suns starter Austin Brice lasted four innings allowing one earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Jacksonville reliever Matt Tomshaw surrendered three earned runs over 1 and 2/3 innings.

The Suns and Lookouts will square off again Friday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Jake Esch (2-0, 0.00 ERA) while the Lookouts will throw righty Tyler Duffey (0-2, 3.16 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are the highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns Begin Road Trip Tonight in Chattanooga

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (9-10) will begin a 10-game road trip tonight starting with game one of five against the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-10) from AT&T field with a first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. ET.

The Suns while still winning the series against the Birmingham Barons, dropped the finale 2-1. Tyler Danish (W, 3-0) picked up his third win in his start for Birmingham tossing six innings surrendering one run (earned) on seven hits while walking a solo batter and striking out six. Suns starter Kendry Flores (L, 1-3) took the loss manufacturing 7 and 1/3 frames relinquishing two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters. Barons reliever Raul Fernandez (S, 2) notched his second save of the year after striking out the side subsequent to a lead off walk.The scoring began in fourth for Jacksonville when Ryan Rieger ripped a one-out double to settle into scoring position for Shariff Othman, who would then knock him home with a run-scoring base knock to give the Suns a 1-0 lead through four innings of play.In the top of the seventh, the Barons took the lead on one swing of the bat by Jeremy Farrell (HR, 2), who lifted a two-run shot over the right field wall leaping the Barons to a 2-1 lead and the eventual victory.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Austin Brice for Jacksonville, to be opposed by Chattanooga’s righty Alex Wimmers. Brice has taken a loss his last two trips to the mound against Montgomery and Biloxi. In those two contests the right-hander has been tagged for 11 earned runs on 14 hits (two home runs) while walking five and striking out 12. He’ll be opposed by Alex Wimmers who is a former first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2010. The righty sports a 8.68 ERA after earning a pair of no decisions against Mississippi and Tennessee. In his last start against the Smokies, Wimmers was tagged for nine earned runs on 10 hits (two home runs) over 4 and 1/3 innings pitched in what turned out to be a 16-10 Smokies win.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (9-10) @ Chattanooga Lookouts (9-10)

Starters: CHA: RHP Alex Wimmers (0-0, 8.68 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (0-2, 7.82 ERA)

Who’s Hot: In his 7 and 1/3 innings pitched in yesterday’s contest, starter Kendry Flores struck out a season-hit eight batters. Currently catcher Sharif Othman is batting .429 with runners in scoring position, and the switch-hitter earned his seventh RBI while driving in Jacksonville’s lone run in the 2-1 loss.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Sean Donatello is tied for second in the S.L. in saves (5) while Matt Juengel has played a league-best 20 games. Starter Kendry Flores has the fourth-best average against at .175.

Suns Fall Short in 2-1 Loss to Barons

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-10) dropped the series finale to the Birmingham Barons (9-10) 2-1 Wednesday afternoon to conclude an historic 20-game homestand from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Tyler Danish (W, 3-0) picked up his third win in his start for Birmingham tossing six innings surrendering one run (earned) on seven hits while walking a solo batter and striking out six. Suns starter Kendry Flores (L, 1-3) took the loss manufacturing 7 and 1/3 frames relinquishing two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters. Barons reliever Raul Fernandez (S, 2) notched his second save of the year after striking out the side subsequent to a lead off walk.

The scoring began in fourth for Jacksonville when Ryan Rieger ripped a one-out double to settle into scoring position for Shariff Othman, who would then knock him home with a run-scoring base knock to give the Suns a 1-0 lead through four innings of play.

In the top of the seventh, the Barons took the lead on one swing of the bat by Jeremy Farrell (HR, 2), who lifted a two-run shot over the right field wall leaping the Barons to a 2-1 lead and the eventual victory.

The Suns begin a 10-game road trip starting a five-game set with the Chattanooga Lookouts Thursday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated in the series opener for 7:15 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (0-2, 7.82 ERA) while the Lookouts will throw righty Alex Wimmers (0-0, 8.68 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns Play Final Game of Historic Homestand Today

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE Fla. – Today the Jacksonville Suns (9-9) will play the series finale against the Birmingham Barons (8-10) and the 20th and final game of an historic April home stretch with a 1:05 p.m. ET first pitch from Bragan Field.

Jacksonville earned a series victory last night in their 6-5 win, but look to climb back above .500 once again with a victory today.

In last night’s contest the scoring began in the bottom of the first for the Suns after a pair of walks to start the inning, would soon be followed by Matt Juengel’s RBI fielder’s choice, then by Ryan Rieger’s two-run double, leaping Jacksonville to a 3-0 scoreboard advantage.Moving to the second Birmingham crept closer with a solo run driven in courtesy of a Danny Hayes RBI double to get his team on the board now trailing 3-1.In the third frame Jacob May provided a lead off double to set the table for Tim Anderson, who promptly laced a run-scoring single to set the score at 3-2 through three frames.Birmingham tacked on another run in the fourth after Christian Marrero (HR, 2) blasted his second home run of the year on the first pitch he saw to tie the score at three apiece. The Suns quickly regained the lead in the last of the fourth courtesy of Austin Nola’s sac fly that sent home Carlos Lopez from third. The Suns now lead 4-3 through four innings. The fifth saw Juengel (HR, 4) blast his fourth home run with two outs to double up Jacksonville’s lead to 5-3.The Suns two-run lead would only last until the sixth. Marcus Lemon’s two-run triple, brought home both Jeremy Farrell and Joey DiMichele who each reached after a pair of two-out singles. The game was now knotted at five.Jacksonville maneuvered back on top when David Adams lined a go-ahead RBI single off of Barons reliever Kyle Hansen that plated Juengel to finish the scoring at 6-5.

Suns starter Chipper Smith lasted 6 and 2/3 innings allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits while walking a batter and striking out five in his no decision.

Today’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Kendry Flores taking the mound for Jacksonville, and he’ll be opposed by Birmingham righty Tyler Danish. Flores in his last start lasted 5 and 1/3 innings allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out four on 4/22 against Biloxi. The Suns right-hander has taken a loss in his last two trips to the mound against Montgomery and Biloxi, in which he surrendered a combined nine runs over 9 and 1/3 innings that ballooned his earned-run mark to 4.11. Flores’ last win came in his opening start against Jackson in which he lasted a strong five innings surrendering only one earned on two hits. The Barons will send righty Tyler Danish to the hill. Danish is coming of a no decision against Pensacola after tossing a strong six scoreless innings in which he allowed only three hits while walking two and striking out seven. He would pick up victories in his first two starts against Mobile and Chattanooga working a combined 10 innings relinquishing six earned runs on 14 hits while walking three and striking out nine. The second-round pick of the White Sox in 2013 is the 7th best prospect within the organization according to Baseball America.

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The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 12: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- April 29, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Birmingham Barons (8-10) @ Jacksonville Suns (9-9)

Starters: BIR: RHP Tyler Danish (2-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Kendry Flores (1-2, 4.11 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Matt Juengel finished 2-for-4 last night with a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Juengel now has five multi-hit games this season and four contests with multiple RBI.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently is tied for first in total games played (19), knotted in second in total bases (37), and third in total at-bats (73) in the Southern League. After Sean Donatello nailed down his fifth save in five tries last night he is slotted as second in saves (5).

Suns Late Charge Leads to 6-5 Victory

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-9) defeated the Birmingham Barons (8-10) after plating the go-ahead run in the eighth to win by a 6-5 score and win the series Tuesday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Suns reliever Craig Stem (W, 1-0) earned the victory in 1 and 2/3 innings of work allowing no runs on two hits including the game-tying two-run triple to Marcus Lemon, in which the runs were charged to starter Chipper Smith. Barons reliever Kyle Hansen (L, 0-1) took the loss after manufacturing three innings surrendering the go-ahead run in the eighth while not walking a batter and striking out three.

The scoring began in the bottom of the first for the Suns after a pair of walks to start the inning, would soon be followed by Matt Juengel’s RBI fielder’s choice, then by Ryan Rieger’s two-run double, leaping Jacksonville to a 3-0 scoreboard advantage.

Moving to the second Birmingham crept closer with a solo run driven in courtesy of a Danny Hayes RBI double to get his team on the board now trailing 3-1.

In the third frame Jacob May provided a lead off double to set the table for Tim Anderson, who promptly laced a run-scoring single to set the score at 3-2 through three frames.

Birmingham tacked on another run in the fourth after Christian Marrero (HR, 2) blasted his second home run of the year on the first pitch he saw to tie the score at three apiece.

The Suns quickly regained the lead in the last of the fourth courtesy of Austin Nola’s sac fly that sent home Carlos Lopez from third. The Suns now lead 4-3 through four innings.

The fifth saw Juengel (HR, 4) blast his fourth home run with two outs to double up Jacksonville’s lead to 5-3.

The Suns two-run lead would only last until the sixth. Marcus Lemon’s two-run triple, brought home both Jeremy Farrell and Joey DiMichele who each reached after a pair of two-out singles. The game was now knotted at five.

Jacksonville maneuvered back on top when David Adams lined a go-ahead RBI single off of Barons reliever Kyle Hansen that plated Juengel to finish the scoring at 6-5.

Suns starter Chipper Smith lasted 6 and 2/3 innings allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits while walking a batter and striking out five in his no decision.

The Suns and Barons will square off in the series finale Wednesday afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (1-2, 4.11 ERA) while the Barons will give the ball to righty Tyler Danish (2-0, 5.40 ERA).

Tomorrow the series will conclude with a Businessperson Special and Baseball in the SUNShine! Get a Homeplate Box seat, Large Hot Dog and Large Beverage of Choice for just $15.50, sponsored by 1010XL!

Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM/102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

Smith, Suns Try for Series Victory Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (8-9) will have another chance tonight to collect a series victory in game four of this five game set against the Birmingham Barons (8-9) Tuesday night from Bragan Field.

The Suns would fall by a 3-2 score last night after being held to just four hits, all of which did not come until the eighth and ninth innings. Miles Jaye was spectacular in his start for Birmingham, tossing seven no-hit innings while striking out a season-high seven batters for his second victory of the year. Suns starter Trevor Williams in six innings was tagged for three runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out three. Birmingham provided a solo run in the first, and a pair of runs in the third. All runs were driven in courtesy of Courtney Hawkins who ripped a RBI double in the first and a run-scoring triple in the third to leap the Barons to a 3-0 lead. The Suns offense after going down in order for six of the first seven frames, finally awoke in the eighth. With the no-hitter still intact, but Jaye out of the game having thrown 95 pitches, Cody Winarski would relinquish the first Jacksonville hit which was a double off the bat of Zack Cox. Next batter Terrance Dayleg followed with a base knock, but back-to-back Winarski strikeouts ended any further threat. Onto the ninth with the score still 3-0, Jacksonville received a one-out single by Kenny Wilson, who was then brought home on one swing of the bat by the next batter Viosergy Rosa after he mashed his first home run of the year to bring his squad to within a run. After the damage done against Barons reliever Raul Fernandez, he then retired Matt Juengel and Ryan Rieger to end the game.

Tonight will feature Chipper Smith on the mound for Jacksonville, who has been the most consistent starter to spend the whole year in a Suns uniform. Smith in his first three starts to begin the season, has posted a 2-0 record attached alongside a 1.17 earned-run mark. His current ERA is good for seventh-best in the Southern League while his .164 average-against is slotted as fourth best. The Barons starter has yet to be announced due to slated right-hander Mike Recchia landing on the disabled list on 4/25. Birmingham called up righty Tyler Barnette from Charlotte in a corresponding roster move to compensate for the loss of Recchia prior to yesterday’s contest.

Tonight is Fifty Cent Family Feast Night with GATE Tuesday Night BOGO Tickets & Strike Out Stroke Night! All fans get 50 cent hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream all night long courtesy of Oscar Mayer, Hampton Farms, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Folio Weekly & 99.9 Gator Country! Plus bring a receipt from any GATE Convenience Store for Buy One Get One Tickets! Also join the Suns for Strike Out Stroke Night as we join UF Health Jacksonville in promoting stroke awareness and prevention and see a special visit from the TraumaOne Helicopter!

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 6: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- April 28, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Birmingham Barons (8-9) @ Jacksonville Suns (8-9)

Starters: BIR: TBA vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-0, 1.17  ERA)

Who’s Hot: Outfielder Kenny Wilson currently has a three-game hitting streak while posting a .500 average with runners in scoring position.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Tonight’s starter Chipper Smith boasts the seventh-best ERA in the Southern League (1.17) while manufacturing the fourth-best average against (.164). Matt Juengel is currently tied for first in games played (18), and third in total at-bats (69). Suns closer Sean Donatello rests tied for third in saves (4). Jacksonville as a team is operating at a league-worst .190 batting average, and currently possesses the 9th best runs total (43) while being tied for last in total hits (102).

 

Suns Fall Short to Barons 3-2

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (8-9) used a late ninth-inning rally to cut to within a run but fell short to the Birmingham Barons (8-9) 3-2 Monday night from Bragan Field.

Earning the victory for Birmingham was starter Myles Jay (W, 2-1) tossing seven no-hit innings while not walking a batter and striking out seven. Suns starter Trevor Williams (L, 0-2) lasted six innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three. Raul Fernandez (S, 1) locked down his first save of the year pitching the ninth, in which he was tagged for two runs (both earned) on two hits (one home run) while striking out a pair.

The scoring began in the first frame for Birmingham after Jacob May lead off with a double. Courtney Hawkins promptly drove him home with a RBI two-bagger to leap the Barons out to a 1-0 lead.

In the third frame the Barons tacked on a pair of runs after a May lead off single, that would be followed by a Hawkins run-scoring triple, and two batter’s later, Brian Fletcher’s RBI base knock to create a 3-0 scoreboard advantage through three innings of play.

The Suns after breaking up Jaye’s no-hitter in the eighth, posted a pair of runs in the ninth after a two-run blast off the bat of Viosergy Rosa (HR, 1) crept Jacksonville to within a 3-2 score. Matt Juengel’s groundout to second and Ryan Rieger swinging strikeout ended any further threat, and the ballgame.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again Tuesday night at Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-0, 1.17 ERA) while the Barons starter has yet to be announced.

Tomorrow night is Fifty Cent Family Feast Night with GATE Tuesday Night BOGO Tickets & Strike Out Stroke Night! All fans get 50 cent hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream all night long courtesy of Oscar Mayer, Hampton Farms, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Folio Weekly & 99.9 Gator Country! Plus bring a receipt from any GATE Convenience Store for Buy One Get One Tickets! Also join the Suns for Strike Out Stroke Night as we join UF Health Jacksonville in promoting stroke awareness and prevention and see a special visit from the TraumaOne Helicopter!

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns Look For Series Victory Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (8-8) will look to take a series victory against the Birmingham Barons (7-9) in game three of the five-game set tonight with a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch from Bragan Field.

With the 4-0 shutout win yesterday over Birmingham, the Suns are now winners of two-straight and have worked their way back to .500 for the first time since April 21st. Jake Esch earned his second win in a Jacksonville uniform manufacturing seven scoreless innings surrendering six hits while walking a pair of batters and striking out six. Lay Batista provided two scoreless frames in relief to earn his first save of the year. The offense would get off to a very slow start being retired in order for five of the first six innings before coming alive in the seventh. Matt Juengel provided the spark in that seventh frame when he sent a solo shot over the left field wall to give the Suns a 1-0 lead. Still 1-0, and now in the eighth, Jacksonville pulled away posting a three-spot after Justin Bohn’s RBI triple, Austin Nola’s run-scoring single, and Kenny Wilson’s RBI double all came in succession to set the final score of 4-0. For Birmingham, starter Mark Blackmar, pitched seven strong innings while being tagged for only one run on two hits in his second loss of the year.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup will feature right-hander Trevor Williams for the Suns and he’ll be opposed by Barons righty Myles Jaye. Through three starts Williams is 0-1 with a 3.31 ERA. He ran into trouble in his last start providing only 4 and 1/3 innings allowing a season-high five earned runs on eight hits while walking and striking out a batter in what was a 6-0 Jacksonville loss to the Biloxi Shuckers. Williams will be opposed by Jaye, Birmingham’s opening day starter, that has made three trips to the hill posting a 1-1 record to go along with a 4.11 ERA. In his last start against Pensacola Jaye worked six innings of scoreless baseball surrendering four hits while walking three and striking out four in a winning effort.

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Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 6: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- April 27, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Birmingham Barons (7-9) @ Jacksonville Suns (8-8)

Starters: BIR: RHP Myles Jaye (1-1, 4.11 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (0-1, 3.31 ERA)

Who’s Hot: With his performance yesterday, Suns starter Jake Esch moved to 2-0 with Jacksonville attached with a spotless ERA. In yesterday’s start Esch lasted a strong seven scoreless innings allowing six hits while walking a pair and striking out six.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently sits second in total bases (32), and home runs (3) while currently placing in third in total at-bats (65) and extra base hits (8). Suns closer Sean Donatello is slotted in third in saves with four in 2015. Starter Chipper Smith has assembled the fifth-best average against in the league (.164) to go along with the ninth best ERA (1.17).

Eye On The Southern League

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First Glances…

-Currently riding a four game winning streak, the Smokies have come to life atop the North Division. Tennessee made a statement by handling the Lookouts with relative ease in the first two editions of their five game set over the weekend.

-Biloxi continues to play well despite the road challenges the team has faced out of the gate in 2015. The Shuckers were forced to play two double-headers across the past six days due to early season weather issues, yet they have tasted victory in seven of the past ten games. As a result the Shuckers stand alone at the head of the South Division

-The aforementioned 7-3 record posted by the Shuckers (and Smokies) is second only to the eight wins logged by Montgomery during that stretch. The Biscuits are arguably the league’s hottest team and enter this week just two games out of first place in the North.

-The prospect laden Lookouts and Smokies combined for 26 runs alongside the same amount of hits, including six long balls, as part of an absolute slugfest in front of over 5,000 fans on Saturday evening at Smokies Stadium. Just a sample size of the offensive potential for both clubs.

Southern League Spotlight…

This week’s spotlight is on Biloxi’s middle infield. We’ve already introduced you to the outstanding duo of Yadiel Rivera (#13/#23) and Orlando Arcia (#2/#1), but this past week their defense has become a main topic of conversation around the new Shuckers franchise. The two highly regarded Brewers prospects are spending their days alternating positions between second and short, wowing fans all the while with highlight moments on the diamond.

Combine these defensive skills with their current offensive numbers and headlines continue to be garnered out on the road. Arcia is one of only two players in the league still batting above .400 on the year at .423 and sits second in runs scored (12). Rivera has cracked the top 10 in average (.346), triples (2) and stolen bases (4) across the season’s first three weeks.

Prospect Watch…

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Tennessee– First Baseman Dan Vogelbach (#25/#15) led the league in batting average and snagged player of the week honors from the Southern League office entering this past week. The twenty-two year old Cub’s prospect followed up with 3 HR’s and 10 RBI’s between April 20-26 to boost his average to an eye-popping .444 through 54 at bats. Vogelbach also leads the league in RBI’s with 13.

Biloxi– Brewers left-hander Hobbs Johnson (#23/#25) shined in Jacksonville on Thursday, using only sixty-three pitches to deliver five innings of one-hit ball against the Suns. It was his third start of the season for the Shuckers. Johnson is 1-0 with an 0.79 ERA thus far.

Birmingham- Jason Coats has already accumulated 9 doubles in only 12 games played for the Barons to lead the Southern League in that category. The White Sox 29th round selection in 2012 has separated himself as an extra base hits machine to the delight of fans at Regions Field.

MontgomeryRichie Shaffer (#18/#22) has moved into a tie with two other players for the league lead in home runs. The Rays prospect tallied three more across this past week and drove in five runs for the surging Biscuits.
Jamie Schultz (—/#30) struck out six consecutive batters on April 20, a total two shy of the Southern League record. The right-hander worked six solid innings without allowing the BayBears a single hit (#30). Schultz leads the league in strikeouts with 33 across just over twenty innings of work

Mississippi – Twenty-two year old Daniel Castro (#25/—) is drawing attention as the everyday shortstop in Jackson. The Braves prospect has notched 5 doubles, driven in 7 runs, scored 11 times and is batting .386 through 15 Double-A games in 2015.

PensacolaLayne Somsen has posted a minuscule 0.69 ERA to lead the Southern League across 13 IP. The South Dakota State product in Cincinnati’s organization worked five solid innings of two-hit ball at home against Biloxi on Sunday April 26th.

Picture Perfect…

-Weekly honors handed down by the league office each Monday at Noon-

Player of the Week: Daniel Vogelbach (Cubs #25/#15),1B, Tennessee Smokies

Pitcher of the Week: Jamie Schultz (Rays –/#30), RHP, Montgomery Biscuits

Series To Focus On…

Mobile BayBears @ Biloxi Shuckers
Thursday April 30-Monday May 4
in Huntsville, Alabama

It’s hello again, goodbye again for Joe Davis Stadium as the top two teams in the South Division meet in Huntsville at the former home to which the Shuckers (then known as the Stars) supposedly bid farewell last fall. Ironically, this is as close to a home game as the now Biloxi based team will experience for some time.

The highly anticipated weekend series will provide an outstanding and unexpected opportunity for baseball fans in the state of Alabama to see these storied rival franchises once again do battle on familiar turf. It makes it all the more sweeter that division supremacy will be on the line in the process.

Mobile enters the week as winners of three straight and fresh off an extra inning walk-off victory over Mississippi, while Biloxi boasts a league leading eleven wins on the season.

A Look At The Standings…

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Suns Power Past Barons 4-0

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (8-8) used a three-run eighth to help propel them to a 4-0 victory over the Birmingham Barons (7-9) Sunday afternoon from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Earning the victory was right-hander Jake Esch (W, 2-0) tossing a scoreless seven innings on six hits while walking two and striking out six. Taking the loss was Mark Blackmar (L, 0-2) hurling seven innings allowing one run (earned) on two hits, including the solo home run to Matt Juengel (HR, 3), accompanied by two strikeouts. Lay Batista (S, 1) earned his first save of the year pitching a scoreless two innings while walking and striking out a batter.

This contest went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when Juengel (HR, 3) sent a deep fly to left giving the Suns a 1-0 lead.

In the eighth frame Jacksonville provided three runs, all with two outs, when Justin Bohn provided a RBI triple, Austin Nola followed with a run scoring base knock, and Kenny Wilson’s RBI double ballooned the lead to 4-0 through eight innings.

The Suns are now winners of two-straight and have improved to a .500 on the season.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again Monday night at Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (0-1, 3.31 ERA) to the mound to be opposed by Barons righty Myles Jaye (1-1, 4.11 ERA).

It’s Service Industry Night with free tickets available at select locations throughout the first coast area, courtesy of AM600 WBOB!

Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: